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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Privy Council on Friday March 20 made three new government appointments, effective from March 23, in a cabinet shake-up which followed the arrest of a Minister. The appointments follow the resignation of the Minister of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, and Governor of Ha‘apai, Fakafanua, who was on bail and facing either criminal charges of fraudulent conversion, extortion and accepting bribes.
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Monday 1 December 1997

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While their political views may differ widely, the one thing that most people agree on is that Tonga as a nation is a special case. ...While Tonga enjoys a certain status among nations under a constitutional monarchy form of government, any move to replace it with an elected form of government will be a step into the unknown. Matangi Tonga looks at what different people in the community have to say about their current system of government. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 1 December 1997

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A constitutional monarchy as a system of government has been serving Tonga since 1875 making it the oldest government in the South Pacific Islands region. It has also been recognised as the most stable government in the region. But recently this 122-year-old system of government has come under pressure both from outside and from within the kingdom for some fundamental changes. FROM OUR ARCHIVES by Pesi Fonua.
Tuesday 4 November 1997
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“Let this day, November 4, be a day of rejoicing and commemoration for the people of Tonga forever..." From Matangi Tonga magazine, Vol. 12, no. 4, October-December 1997

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